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Four tips for planning your child's birthday party on a budget

Four tips for planning your child's birthday party on a budget

When it comes to planning a birthday party for your children you want to create a special and memorable event. However, it can also be easy to spend a fortune on that memorable event! After several years of planning these kinds of birthday parties, I've come up with a list of four ways to plan your child's birthday party on a budget.  

Choose your venue

The location of your child's party is one of the first decisions you need to make when planning a party. Renting a hall can be pricey, but depending on the number of people you're inviting and even the size of your house, having it at an outside location might be necessary. If you do need to rent a venue, it's best to do some shopping around.

Taking the party outdoors can save time and makes clean up a cinch!

If you belong to a church, social club, or fire department you might be able to rent the banquet hall for a greatly reduced price. If you don't belong to one of those, try calling around to see who has the best rates.

Shop Around For Decorations

Once you decide on a theme, don't immediately run out to the store and stock up on decorations. By doing that, you'll be almost guaranteed to pay more than you need to. In fact, I often decide on a theme at least a couple of months in advance. This allows me to keep an eye out for good deals or creative ideas without waiting until the last minute. For example, my youngest son just turned one, but I already had a theme in mind back in September. At that time, there was a local party store going out of business and everything was 75% off. I bought a bunch of decorations and supplies for his first birthday. I was also planning a train-themed birthday for my other son, so I bought some invitations and favors for that party also. You can also check out party supply sites online to find additional coordinating pieces -often at a discounted price.

Go generic

It might be tempting to buy themed everything when planning a party. Theme plates, cups, and napkins can be really cute, but the truth is that they'll just be thrown away. Plus, they can cost three times the amount that a generic theme would cost.

Red plastic cups and simple white tablecloths can save tons of money.

Instead of purchasing themed plates, cups, and napkins I buy solid, color coordinating plates, cups and napkins at either Dollar Tree or Walmart. These usually cost about a dollar per pack and I choose colors that complement the decorations. You can also consider giving generic items for favors. Instead of purchasing Thomas the Train crayons and toys, you could get a regular pack of crayons and a plain train toy for a fraction of the cost. Trust me, the kids will love the generic toys just as much as a name brand.

Get crafty

You can save a lot of money by making some things yourself. Once you decide on a theme, head to Pinterest to check out some creative ideas. Some items that you might want to consider making yourself are:

  • Invitations
  • Cake or cupcakes
  • Favors
  • Food
Kids love cupcakes and by baking them yourself you can save tons over a bakery cake.

By making just one of these items on your own, you can save a lot of money over buying it at the store. And what makes it even better is that you're creating some special and unique to you. Want even more tips? Here are some ways to also have a stress-free kid's party! A child's birthday party is a very special occasion, but it doesn't have to break the bank. With a little bit of pre-planning, you can throw a party your kids will love (and so will your wallet!).

About our Guest Contributor, Rachel:

Rachel is not only a mom of two boys, but also a crafting diva. When she's not changing diapers, wrangling laundry, or picking up toys, she blogs at Third Stop on the Right. When planning a party, her number one tip is never pay full price for anything!// <![CDATA[ (function() { var _fbq = window._fbq || (window._fbq = []); if (!_fbq.loaded) { var fbds = document.createElement('script'); fbds.async = true; fbds.src = '//connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbds.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(fbds, s); _fbq.loaded = true; } })(); window._fbq = window._fbq || []; window._fbq.push(['track', '6021491479274', {'value':'0.00','currency':'USD'}]); // ]]</p></div>

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